According to the President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, the partnership with Tom Tom was too good to be turned down as the brand has demonstrated a championâ€™s spirit over the years.Pinnick added:â€œThe Nigerian Football Federation is pleased to enter into thiscontract as Tom Tom has done so much for Nigerian football over the years. â€œCandies are for champions. The Super Eagles remain a champion team and Tom Tom is also a champion candy. I strongly believe the company will enjoy the new experience even better than its previous romance with Nigerian Football Federation.â€Meanwhile, Mr. Mike Itemuagbor, Chairman of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the sponsorship agency, noted that Tom Tom from Cadbury and his company have the responsibility to ensure that both organisations derive fulfilment from the relationship.He opined further: â€œThe agreement is for a period of three years in the initial period, and renewable. It makes Tom Tom the â€˜Official Candy of the Super Eagles.â€™ All other details are to be made known at the official contract signing ceremony soon.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cadbury Nigeria Plc, manufacturers of TomTom, has expressed delight to partner the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as the Official Candy of the Super Eagles.The companyâ€™s Corporate and Government Affairs Director for West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said now is the time to give the Super Eagles the maximum support the team requires to excel in football, Nigeriaâ€™s favourite sport.Yesufu said: â€œTom Tom, the leading candy brand from Cadbury Nigeria is proud to be associated as â€˜Official Candy of the Super Eagles.â€™ We appreciate the leadership of the NFF for their moderation in arriving at this partnership initiative and we hope to live up to our part of the deal.â€
Football is a game of balance.Teams need to balance a strong passing game with an equally strong running game. Quarterbacks need to remain balanced in the pocket to make crisp, accurate throws; running backs need to keep their bodies balanced as a means of breaking tackles and making extended runs.But the most important form of balance in football may just be the balance of egos.With so many heads competing for playing time, the coach’s attention and the overall spotlight, it likely gets difficult at times for players to put aside some of their individual pride and find the right balance between personal and team success.That balance was put to the test last week when high school running back Antonio Williams — who is ranked as the 10th-best tailback in the nation according to ESPN — de-committed from Wisconsin after giving a verbal commitment to the school last December.Just four days later, Williams verbally committed to Ohio State after taking an official visit to the school.Football: Class of 2016 running back Antonio Williams de-commits from WisconsinAs one of the earliest verbal commits to the Wisconsin football team’s 2016 recruiting class, Antonio Williams could hardly contain Read…Now, the exact reason for Williams’ actions is still under speculation. But whether it was because the school talked to the North Carolina-native over a tweet or because a spot opened up at Ohio State doesn’t matter.The real issue lies in the process. As from the start, these 15 and 16-year-olds are thrown into the national spotlight without any real warning of what is to come from college coaches and the media. As these athletes get better, that spotlight grows larger and their egos get bigger, big enough to the point where their reputation is at risk before even entering college. For that reason, everyone must take a step back.Student-athletes need to take a step back and realize they’re still in high school. They should still act like adults and be treated as adults, but that does not heighten their level of importance as teenagers.The media needs to take a step back and realize the context of these kids’ lives. They are still under the shelter of their parents. They likely haven’t had a job yet because of their commitment to sports. They have likely had no real opportunity to live independently. Constant pressure instilled on them from the media can take a toll on someone so young and leave them fearful for what is to come.And while constant media attention may simply be a warning to them about what is to come, they still aren’t there yet. Let them breathe.Lastly, their coaches need to take a step back and understand there is as much responsibility on them as there is on the students. Even though they should be treated like adults, they aren’t adults yet. They are prone to mistakes, as all teenagers are. So instead of forcing them to face the consequences on their own, use them as teaching moments.A coach is just as important a contributor to an athlete’s future as anyone, but still, in the end, it all comes down to the kids.I can say with confidence Antonio Williams and many other high school stars are not 100 percent ready for what’s to come. They may not be ready to go from top dog as a senior to the bottom of the totem pole as a college freshman. They may not be ready for the immense amount of pressure from coaches, fans and the media to perform as soon as they step on the field.They may not be ready for the cheers, the boos, the hype, the criticism, the microscope they’ll be under, all of which will hit them as soon as the spring.But it’s also not entirely their fault.So, let’s treat these kids as who they are — high school students. Let’s teach and prepare rather than criticize and glorify. Let’s not throw overwhelming amounts of pressure on them before they can even see an R-rated movie.Let’s take a step back and realize that being in the spotlight alone provides more than enough pressure for these student-athletes to handle, and it is more than their own responsibility to maintain that balance in their lives.
McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “He [Coronel] hit the big shots in the end and we made key stops in the dying seconds and those things helped us get the win,” said Perpetual assistant coach Jimwell Gican in Filipino.GJ Ylagan had a game-high 13 points to lead the Altas but it was the 6-foot-11 Prince Eze who did much of the dirty work with 11 points and 21 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Altas had a comfortable 49-40 lead heading into the fourth but a slew of turnovers allowed the Cardinals to storm back and mount a 14-2 run to take a 54-51 lead with 4:05 left in the game.Leo Gabo had a team-high 12 points to lead the Cardinals. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation PH bamboozles Iraq LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help came through in the clutch and silenced host Mapua University, 63-60, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Mapua University Gym Thursday.AJ Coronel came through in the final couple of minutes for the Altas, hitting a crucial triple to give Perpetual a 60-56 lead at the 1:22 mark of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano